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2010 Each year, for nearly a decade, we’ve polled our readers to tell us

what they enjoy most in the region. Our more than 108,000 readers,

who — we think — are some of the most sophisticated consumers out there have voted and chosen their favorites in dining, services, travel, products and more. Here, ladies and gentlemen, are your best. Photography courtesy of or the winners . 35

New Restaurant Capi’s Restaurant This new eatery by Capi Peck and Brent Peterson opened at Pleasant Ridge Town Center in Little Rock, Ark., to rave reviews. The menu is inspired by traditional Spanish tapas restaurants and features an array of small plates, each with robust flavors in creative presentations. (501) 2259600 or Ya Ya’s Euro Bistro Maddie’s Place Barbecue Whole Hog Whether you love the traditional pulled pork and chicken, ribs and sandwiches, nachos or stuffed baked potatoes covered in any of the seven delicious sauces, it’s all good at this award-winning establishment. Whole Hog began in 2000, and has since expanded to 15 locations across the country. (501) 664-5025 or wholehogcafe. com. Corky’s Ribs and Barbecue Sims Bar-B-Que

Date Restaurant 1620 Love is in the air at this west Little Rock restaurant where every dish is a delight. Owner Evette Brady began her culinary venture at the famed Jacques & Suzanne’s and has set the pace with inventive menu selections and a relaxed, finedining atmosphere. (501) 221-1620 or Ashley’s Brave New Restaurant Family Restaurant Dixie Café There's nothing like good country cooking, and with a name like Dixie, you know this place delivers. The café is a popular spot, especially on Sunday when families gather. Standards, such as chicken and dumplings and smothered chicken fried steak are among the favored dishes for Dixie fans. (501) 224-3728 or Purple Cow Maddie’s Place

Wine List Ashley’s

Chef Lee Richardson is serious about wine, as the extensive wine menu of more than 700 varieties at Ashley’s requires a table of contents for navigation. Ashley’s offers wines from many major wineproducing regions of the world, such as: the United States; Italy; France; Spain; Austria; Germany; Australia; and New Zealand. More than 20 wines are also available by the glass. (501) 374-7474 or Trio’s Ferneau Restaurant

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Lunch Spot Trio’s This restaurant is the perfect spot to take a break in the middle of the day. Find an array of soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees on the regular lunch menu and daily specials, ranging from Zydeco gumbo to chutney chicken salad. With well-known restaurateurs like Capi Peck and Brent Peterson in charge, you can be sure it is well worth the short drive to the Pavilion in the Park to partake. (501) 221-3330 or Cheers in the Heights Capital Bar & Grill Caterer Simply the Best This local catering company, owned by Rob and Martha Best, has grown by leaps and bounds since it began in 1987. They cater all types of events from office lunches to upscale weddings and fundraisers. They are known throughout the state for their delicious menu items and creative displays. In 2001, the company branched out to open the highlyrated Best Impressions restaurant in the Arkansas Arts Center. (501) 955-2020 or Catering to You RSVP Steakhouse Sonny Williams’ Steak Room The home of “no skinny steaks” is once again your favorite, and no wonder! This restaurant, located in the heart of the lively River Market, maintains an elegant atmosphere and serves quality cuts, such as chateaubriand, filets and ribeye. Enjoy tunes from the piano bar five nights a week. (501) 324-2999 or Arthur’s Prime Steakhouse The Butcher Shop Brunch Ashley’s There is no better way to round out your weekend than with brunch at Ashley’s at the Capital Hotel. Choices include: Braised Duck Hash Omelet; Sourdough Buckwheat Pancakes with Roasted Apples and Cinnamon Chantilly; Traditional Eggs . 37

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Benedict; and Shrimp and Grits with House Made Andouille, to name a few. (501) 3747474 or Loca Luna Purple Cow Singles Spot Cajun’s Wharf This popular riverside restaurant has long been a favorite place to make a love connection. Many singles venture out for Happy Hour on the Wharf, events and entertainment nearly seven nights a week. Catch your favorite live bands or mix and mingle at the Thursday night party on the deck. With a great, relaxed atmosphere, it’s easy to strike up a conversation and meet a new friend. (501) 375-5351 or Ciao Baci Ferneau Restaurant Outdoor Dining Brave New Restaurant Chef Peter Brave wows diners twofold during an experience at Brave New Restaurant. Not only is the award-winning fare exquisite, you also get a secluded view of the Arkansas River in its beautiful, natural state when dining on the patio. (501) 6632677 or Bonefish Grill Loca Luna Happy Hour Cajun’s Wharf Happy hour is always a hit at Cajun’s Wharf with great drink specials to help you unwind after a long day of work. Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m., enjoy discounts on well drinks, domestic beers, margaritas and the famous Play De Do. (501) 3755351 or Bonefish Grill Loca Luna Pizza US Pizza Co. These parlors have been a favorite since 1972. One location in North Little Rock has grown to nine in central Arkansas and one in Fayetteville, and it’s no wonder. Fresh ingredients, large servings and delicious food — traditional and specialty pizzas, huge salads with the famous house dressing, sandwiches and health-conscious wraps — set the pace for

Museum Arkansas Arts Center For many years, the Arkansas Arts Center has been a source of appreciation and education, and the center continues this tradition with great exhibits and events, including the acclaimed “World of the Pharaohs: Treasures of Egypt Revealed,” which runs until July 5. Look forward to new exhibits by both local and national artists, summer classes for budding artists and theatrical productions in the children’s theater. (501) 372-4000 or Museum of Discovery William J. Clinton Presidential Library

the competition. (501) 664-7071 or Damgoode Pies Larry’s Pizza Non-Profit Heifer International Dedicated to ending world hunger, Heifer International has worked for more than 60 years, teaching others to pass on the gift of livestock and has helped millions of families in more than 100 countries become independent and self-reliant. With the introduction of Heifer Village, a handson, global education facility on the Heifer campus, people of all ages can learn about what the organization does. (800) 4220474 or Susan G. Komen For the Cure Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf Course Chenal Country Club and Golf Course

The club offers golfers two world-class, picturesque championship courses designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., one of the world’s leading golf course designers. The Founders Course is an 18hole championship course, which weaves through seven ponds and forests of pines, oaks, dogwoods and other plant life. The Bear Den Course is the newest addition with tight, tree-lined fairways, crystal clear creeks and more. (501) 821-5555 or Pleasant Valley Country Club Rebsamen Park Golf Course Art Gallery Greg Thompson Fine Art This gallery, located in the Argenta district of North Little Rock, houses some of the best in 20th-century modern art from private collections throughout the world and represents some of the best talent from the South. (501) 664-2787 or Gallery 26 TIE: The Heights Gallery/ Cantrell Gallery . 39

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Performing Arts Venue Arkansas Repertory Theatre There is nothing like the glitz and glamour of live theatre, and The Rep delivers all the magic. Enjoy an array of award-winning titles and classics, such as this season's wrap up performance of the Broadway musical revue "Smokey Joe's Café: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller." (866) 6THEREP or Walton Arts Center Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas Casino/ Gambling Oaklawn Racing and Gaming Racing at Oaklawn has been one of Arkansas’ greatest pastimes, and now the establishment has added electronic gaming to its repertoire as well. Catch live racing January through April, and simultcast racing and gaming year-round. (800) OAKLAWN or Goldstrike Casino Resort Harrah’s Tunica Sports Venue Dickey-Stephens Park This riverfront ballpark, in its third season, is home to the state’s beloved Arkansas Travelers. In addition to hosting a lineup of great ballgames and events, the park houses a new kids’ playground just beyond center field as well as the Arkansas

Travelers Museum. Another crowd pleaser at the park is the sports bar Ump’s Pub and Grill, named in honor of the team’s famed, retired general manager, Bill Valentine. (501) 664-1555 or Verizon Arena Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium Live Music Venue Verizon Arena Whether it’s Tim McGraw, George Strait, Lil' Wayne, Miley Cyrus or KISS, Verizon Arena is THE place for live entertainment in central Arkansas. Great seating, parking and stadium food vendors top off the experience. No matter whose fan base you belong to, you’ll have a great time at Verizon. (501) 340-5660 or Juanita’s Mexican Café and Bar Cajun’s Wharf Antiques Morris Antiques The gem of Scott, Ark., Morris offers American, French and European antiques, such as armoires, etageres, chairs, bed and dining sets and much more. Their 60,000-square foot facility features nine showrooms; they also offer restoration services. (501) 842-3531 or Fabulous Finds I-40 Antique Mall Arkansas Made TIE: Riceland Rice/ Petit Jean Meats Riceland Foods, founded in 1921, is headquartered in Stuttgart, Ark., and has

become the world’s largest rice miller and marketer. (870) 673-5500 or riceland. com. Petit Jean Meats is an 80-year-old, Arkansas-based company that produces flavor-rich pork products, including hams, bacon, sausage, lunchmeats and the famed Arkansas Razorback Hot Dog. (800) 264-2475 or Lombardi Cream of Limoncello Aromatique Auto Dealer TIE: Landers Toyota/ Parker Lexus Great customer service, multiple car lines and several locations throughout the Natural State are just a few things that make Lander’s one of the state’s — and AY readers’ — most popular dealerships. Visit a Landers showroom, and you’ll see why Arkansans feel good about Landers. Consumers pick Lexus year after year for luxury, quality and value — they visit Parker Lexus for these same reasons. With great customer service and an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction, it is clear to see why Parker Lexus is in the top rankings. (888) 2310514 or Mercedes-Benz of Little Rock Caldwell Toyota Nursery Good Earth Garden Center For 36 years, this center has served Arkansas’ gardening needs. Peruse their stock of vibrant, fresh

Branson Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Enjoy an evening of excitement, entertainment and fabulous dining at the Dixie Stampede. Included in your experience is access to the special Carriage Room Opening Act, the main show in the arena and a four-course dinner complete with a delicious dessert. (800) 520-5544 or Andy Williams Moon River Theatre Shoji Tabuchi Theatre . 41

Jewelry Sissy’s Log Cabin It’s important to find just the right piece of jewelry for any occasion. Sissy Jones has been dealing in gems at Sissy’s Log Cabin in Pine Bluff since 1970 and has built quite a collection of fine and unique jewelry, gifts and antiques. Visit the new location in the Heights in Little Rock, which celebrated its grand opening last month. (870) 8793040 or Cecil’s Fine Jewelry Roberson’s Fine Jewelry

garden life or hire their skilled team of nurserymen to plant for you or completely renovate the look of your outdoor space. (501) 868-9464 or thegoodearthgarden. com. Arkansas Landscape and Sprinkler TIE: Cantrell Gardens/Green Tree Nursery and Landscape Boat Dealer Bradford Marine and ATV Bradford has you covered on water — with party, fishing and recreation boats and personal watercrafts — and on land with all-terrain vehicles and the threewheeler that’s taking America by storm, the Spyder. Visit one of their four locations today, and get fully outfitted for your summer fun needs. Razorback Marine and Outdoor Arkansas Marine RV Dealer TIE: Fred & Jack Trailer/ RV City This Bryant-based establishment is one of the largest and oldest RV dealerships in the state with more than 24,000 square feet of facilities for sales and service. Fred & Jack Trailer has been serving customers in the Natural State since 1952, and is one of the most trusted places to buy a new or used recreational vehicle. (800) 721-9180 or RV City, located in Benton, Ark., has been serving Arkansans’ 42 . may 2010

recreational vehicle needs for more than 30 years. Check out their great selection of new and used RVs at their showroom. (800) 5RV-CITY or Crain RV Supercenter Mayflower RV Flooring Store C&P Carpets Find the best in flooring and customer service at this family-owned business in operation for 34 years. C&P Carpets offers all types of flooring including carpet, wood, laminate and more. They offer a fair price and guarantee the best quality of work in the city. (501) 224-6000 or (501) 8350492. Carpet Barn C&F Carpet and Flooring Furniture Hank’s Fine Furniture The family-owned furniture store was founded in 1981 and has since grown to 16 stores in five states and has been named one of America’s Top 100 Independent Furniture Retailers. Visit Hank’s Fine Furniture for all of your living room, bedroom and dining room furnishing needs. (501) 565-3561 or Havertys Furniture Ashley Furniture Homestore

Bookstore WordsWorth Books and Co. A local, independent bookshop, WordsWorth Books, has been providing customers with the best local and national titles for about 15 years. In addition to selling a great selection of fiction and non-fiction books, you can find a large number of first editions, children’s books, gifts, candles, teas, music and more. Watch for book signing events. (501) 663-9198 or River Market Books & Gifts Dickson Street Bookshop Eyewear Boutique Burrow’s & Mr. Franks Optical This locally-owned eye boutique in the Heights neighborhood of Little Rock has been serving customers since 1979. They have four licensed opticians on-hand to help you find the perfect pair of glasses. They also carry top, quality designer frames. (501) 664-9350 or Jones Eye Institute James Eyecare and Optics Gallery Florist Tipton Hurst For more than a century, Tipton Hurst has combined nature’s beauty with great floral design and outstanding customer service. With five locations including the newly-remodeled store on Grant Street in the Heights, a userfriendly website, and monthly specials, it’s natural that this florist was chosen “best.” (501) 666-3333 or About Vase The Empty Vase Gift Store Full Moon This charming Hillcrest boutique has been known for the last 25 years as the place to find unique gifts. The store specializes in one-of-a-kind items, such as McCartys Pottery; in fact, Full Moon is . 43

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Shopping Center Pleasant Ridge Town Center This west Little Rock, upscale shopping paradise houses some of the best boutiques and restaurants in the city. Enjoy a walk in the lovely spring weather at this outdoor shopping center with abundant park benches, beautiful landscaping and music. Boutiques and eateries include Kristin Todd, Powder & Smoke, Solemates, Vesta’s, Bone Fish Grill and Panera Bread, just to name a few. (501) 225-7807. The Promenade at Chenal Park Plaza Mall

the state’s exclusive carrier of this popular Mississippi-based art. It’s also very popular for gift registry amongst brides-to-be and expecting mothers. (501) 663-4367. Vesta’s Unique Gifts Box Turtle Children’s Apparel The Toggery If you are looking for the perfect shop to outfit your children with clothing, accessories, uniforms, shoes and more, look no further. The Toggery, with two convenient locations, offers all of this and more with a great gift selection and top-ofthe-line customer service. (501) 663-8662 or Cupcakes & Caterpillars 3 Monkeys . 45


Resort Gaston’s White River Resort Gaston’s is home to some of the greatest fishing in America. The resort offers hotel, cottage or cabin accommodations; a restaurant; and meeting facilities along the back drop of the White River. While there, don’t miss the opportunity to learn how to flyfish with professional Frank Saksa. (870) 431-5202 or Red Apple Inn The Arlington Hotel/ Historic Bath House Row


Women’s Apparel Dillard’s Women know they can find affordable, department storequality clothing and accessories at the Little Rock-based retailer. Dillard’s carries women’s brands, such as Antonio Melani, Anne Klein, Buffalo, Calvin Klein and more. (501) 661-0053 or dillards. com. Beyond Cotton Feinstein’s Men’s Apparel Baumans Fine Men’s Clothing This quality men’s clothing boutique has served stylish men in central Arkansas since 1919. They offer the finest brand names in menswear including Oxxford, Brioni, Zegna, Samuelsohn and more. Shoppers can also find a collection of skin care products, gifts, glasses and fragrances. Out-of-towners will appreciate the location in the Capital Hotel, which accommodates the frequent traveler. (501) 227-8797 or Mr. Wicks Men’s Clothing Dillard’s

Pet Care Premium Pet Products Treat your furry friend to quality pet foods, treats, toys, supplies and more at this full-service pet store. Premium Pet Products has been a part of the lives of Arkansas pets for nearly 20 years. In addition, they offer grooming and training services. (501) 221-9873 or premium-pet. com. Hillcrest Animal Hospital Chenal Valley Animal Hospital Shoe Boutique DSW Visit the Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW) for all of your shoe needs. They have flats, pumps, sandals, peep toes, booties, sneakers, mules, boots, wedges, slippers and more in a multitude of brands and designers. And there is a men’s section. (501) 821-5368 or TIE: Solemates & Warren’s Shoes Walk This Way

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Day Trip Hot Springs It’s hard to top a trip to the Spa City! Whether you’re looking to hit the waters of Lake Hamilton, soak in a hot spring, walk the streets and sightsee or shop, or get your thrill at an amusement park, it’s all just a tank of gas away. (800) SPACITY or Petit Jean State Park Eureka Springs

2820 Cantrell Rd., Little Rock, AR 72202 T. 501.664.4599 Grocery Store Kroger This chain has recently undergone a facelift. Many of its locations now feature gourmet cheese and deli counters as well as expanded bakery and seafood departments and olive bars … all this while maintaining friendly customer service and great discounts through its Kroger Plus Card. Fresh Market Hestand’s In The Heights Liquor Store Popatop Popatop has provided its customers with the finest selection in premium wines, spirits and malts for 30 years. There is a vast wine selection with brands and price points to accommodate any occasion. Take advantage of Thursday wine days with 20 percent off your favorite bottle. (501) 6633276 or Colonial Wines & Spirits Heights Fine Wine & Spirits Retirement Living Parkway Village This community offers comfortable living in a picturesque setting. Residents enjoy 48 . may 2010

apartment or cottage living with amenities, such as a pool, fitness center, salon/ barber, convenience store and library all with the assurance of security and nursing services, if needed. (501) 202-1600 or Woodland Heights Presbyterian Village

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Condo Development 300 Third Tower Location, a great view and all the advantages of urban living are just three of the reasons this condominium is ranked the "best." A ground-floor restaurant and grocer and an abundance of nightlife are just a stone’s throw away from this stylish tower. (501) 376-6555 or Rivermarket Towers Chenal Condominiums of Vallon Circle In State College University of Arkansas at Fayetteville This state college has something for everyone: 200 programs of study, opportunities to study abroad, awardwinning faculty, an honors college, a law school … and the Hogs to boot! No wonder more than 2,600 students have chosen to study there. The U of A has ranked among Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s 100 Best Values in Public Colleges. (479) 5752000 or University of Central Arkansas Tie: Hendrix College/ University of Arkansas at Little Rock Private School Pulaski Academy This college-preparatory school boasts a student population of more than 1,300 students, preschool to 12th grade, who enjoy a rigorous curriculum and many sport and club activities. The school’s stellar reputation is based on results. They have 115 National Merit Scholars, and 100 percent of its seniors were accepted to colleges. (501) 604-1910 or Episcopal Collegiate School Central Arkansas Christian School . 49


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Parochial School Catholic High School for Boys Each year, Catholic High graduates young men who have met the meticulous standards set by administration, a program referred to as “meat and potatoes” academics. More than 90 percent of students pass AP exams and more than 95 percent of its students graduate from four-year universities … earning the school’s reputation for excellence. (501) 664-3939 or Mount St. Mary Academy Episcopal Collegiate School Public School Central High This high school, with more than 2,400 students, continues to make history. Its outstanding and diverse students earned more than $7 million in scholarships last year; 169 are Advanced Placement Scholars; and they dominated many state science fairs. (501) 447-1400 or Forest Park High School Jefferson High School Hotel Capital Hotel This historic boutique hotel offers the best in dining and lodging. The Capital Bar and Grill and Ashley’s are two of the city’s finest restaurants, serving innovative dishes created with locally-produced foods. The recentlyrenovated guest rooms feature grand accommodations and amenities, such as Frete bed and bath linen and Molton Brown bath products. (501) 374-7474 or Peabody Little Rock The Arlington Hotel Resort and Spa Bed & Breakfast The Empress of Little Rock Step back to the 1880s, when you stay at the elegant Empress. They

Spa Rejuvenation Clinic Day Spa Pampering at this luxurious spa includes a menu of services: massages, facials, waxing, peels, manicures, pedicures, brow and eyelash tinting, and wrinklereducing fillers are just a few of the items offered at Rejuvenation. (501) 228-4545 or Caracalla Spa Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa

offer the convenience of present day with accommodations appointed in yesteryear’s beauty. Claw foot tubs, luxurious bedding and a tasty breakfast, along with a laidback atmosphere are ideal for escaping the bustle of a busy week. (501) 374-7966 or Baker House Mountain Thyme Bed and Breakfast Inn Ozark Resort Big Cedar Lodge This resort is popular for good reason. Situated in the picturesque Ozarks, Big Cedar’s rooms and cabins are rustic and offer convenience and comfort. You’ll find relaxed entertainment, as well as fine dining — don’t miss Sunday brunch — and the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors via water or by foot or horseback. (417) 335-2777 or Mt. Magazine Lodge/ Gaston’s White River Resort Mather Lodge


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Southern State other than Arkansas Tie: Florida and Louisiana A southern clime, great party towns, delicious cuisine, wonderful festivals and great places for romantic getaways as well as family outings are just a few of the things these two states have in common. See for yourself!, Texas Alabama Home Security ADT This nationwide company offers services for the home as well as businesses. From 24-hour monitoring, video surveillance, personal emergency response systems and intrusion detection systems, ADT offers it all and much more at a reasonable price with the added knowledge that the company has a long-term history of quality service. (866) 746-7238 or Triple-S Alarm Co., Inc. Brinks Home and Business Security

Home Improvement Wilson’s Home Improvement This is the fourth year that this Hot Springs-based, family-owned business has been voted “best.” Wilson’s specializes in vinyl siding and replacement windows, and every job comes with a labor and materials lifetime warranty. (866) 262-9908 or Hanke Brothers Stallman Construction

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Interior Designer Tobi Fairley Tobi Fairley’s monthly column in AY has become a hot spot on our website. Fairley stepped into the spotlight with coverage in several national magazines like Traditional Home and House Beautiful. Visit her showroom in west Little Rock, and you’re stepping into an oasis of style and elegance. (501) 868-9882 or Sandy Sutton Ken Kimberling

Attorney Gregory S. Kitterman Attorney Greg Kitterman hung his shingle more than two decades ago. Since then his clients have benefited from his expertise, knowledge and skill in the courtroom; however, Kitterman isn’t just a good litigator, he’s a thorough researcher and has a commanding presence in the court room … willing to take on the “Goliaths” in personal injury law. (501) 374-1145. Gary Green Paul Benham Internet Provider AT&T This world-wide company has more than 17 million high-speed internet subscribers nationally. Another AY favorite for a second year in a row, AT&T offers four DSL packages, as well as U-Verse, high-speed Internet, dial-up, Wi-Fi and broadband via satellite packages. Comcast Aristotle Bank Metropolitan National Bank This customercentered financial institution was founded in 1970 54 . may 2010

and today has more than $1.4 billion in assets. With 50 branches, Metropolitan easily offers a variety of services for individuals, businesses and corporations including loans, mortgage loans, and wealth, treasury and capital management. TIE: Bank of America/ Simmons First Arvest Bank Dry Cleaners Hangers Cleaners Green must be the new black as this is the second year Hangers has been chosen as readers’ favorite. Hangers uses an odor-free, environmentally-friendly process that leaves clothes fresh, touchable and clean longer. Add to this six locations, free pickup and delivery, and it’s easy to see why they were chosen. Schickel’s Cleaners Comet Cleaners Credit Union Arkansas Federal Credit Union (AFCU) At a time when many traditional institutions are tightening

their belts, credit unions remain a great alternative. AFCU offers general banking services, including student, auto, boat, car, motorcycle, mortgage and home equity loans, savings and health savings accounts and more, as well as the convenience of online account access and billpay. (800) 456-3000 or Fairfield Federal Credit Union Telcoe Federal Credit Union Home Builders TIE: Rick Ferguson Custom Homes/ Shawn Dunn Construction These two companies are owned by men for whom home building is in their blood. Rick Ferguson and Shawn Dunn both worked with their fathers’ companies, and each have two decades of experience as independent contractors building families’ dream homes; for Ferguson: (501) 8688855 or; for Dunn: (870) 692-5458. Holloway Construction Gary France Custom Homes

Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Jeff Garner He’s not called the Smile Doctor for nothing! Dr. Garner has performed smile makeovers for more than two decades and has a long list of famous clients including several Miss Arkansas pageant winners. He can perform his makeover magic in as little as two visits. (800) 671-0767 or Dr. DJ Dailey Dr. Don Deems . 55

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A 1983 graduate of Southern California College of Optometry, Dr. Dan Hennessey began practicing optometry in Little Rock in 1986 after completing his residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He joined Little Rock Eye Clinic in 1991. The clinic has nine physicians in two locations. While providing comprehensive optometric care, he has an interest in specialty contact lenses. “It is an honor and privilege to serve you.” 56 . may 2010

Orthopedist Dr. C. Lowry Barnes Dr. Barnes is among the “Best Doctors in America.” He specializes in hip and knee replacement and is an educator as well. He lectures nationally and internationally and recently helped design hip and knee replacements. (800) 550-5755 or Gordon Newbern Richard Evans

Financial Advisors Stephens Inc. Whether you, your family or your business — small or corporate — need financial and investment services, you’ll find the professionals at Stephen’s Inc. are well-versed in their craft. They’ve been helping their clients achieve financial security since 1933. (800) 643-9691 or Metropolitan National Bank Edward Jones Investments Wireless Provider AT&T AT&T has been on the cusp of the Smartphone revolution for more than 10

years. The company was the first to sell the popular BlackBerry, Palm and iPhones. With the addition of 3G technology and WiFi hotspots, they’ve grown phenomenally, carrying more than 1 billion MMS text messages some quarters! Verizon Wireless Sprint Real Estate Company The Janet Jones Company Janet Jones has been a leader in real estate for more than two decades. Her commitment to customer service is legendary, and each of the professionals who serve with Jones are held to standards of excellence and customer-driven service. (501) 224-3201 or The Charlotte John Company Crye-Leike Pharmacy USA Drug There are more than 170 USA Drug stores across five southern states; each offers great customer service with pharmacists who are well versed in their craft. Not only will you find a well-stocked pharmacy, but the retail outlets also carry a variety of grocery and personal items for your shopping convenience. Walgreens Market Place Hair Salon That French Salon Owner Brigitte Pipkin and staff give their customers the royal treatment. Whether you’re in for a quick trim, want to be a blonde or brunette beauty, need a custom-fit wig or a manicure and pedicure, you’ll enjoy your visit to That French Salon. (501) 224-3075 or Fringe Benefits Avatar . 57

• QUAPAW QUARTER 2010 Spring Tour of Homes & Candlelight Gala

Tour five beautiful historic homes then enjoy dinner and dancing at Historic Trinity Episcopal Cathedral The Fletcher-Heiskell House The Frese Cottage The Mayer Cottage The Turner-Back House The Turner-Ledbetter House Saturday, May 8 • 5:30 - 10:30 p.m. Home tours with Champagne/Wine Stations: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Cocktails, Dinner & Dancing: 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. Featuring a Sumptuous Dinner of Arkansas-sourced Southern Fare $100/person with proceeds supporting the QQA and its mission of promoting the preservation of Little Rock’s architectural heritage through advocacy, marketing and education.

SPonSoreD BY LR Convention & Visitors Bureau · Modern Woodmen of America C/M Restoration/Remodeling · Community Bakery · Mountain Valley Spring Water Mark & Lyne Abernathy/Loca Luna · Edward’s Food Giant · Arkansas Democrat Gazette Empress of Little Rock Rosemont Inn & Cottages · Robinwood Bed & Breakfast Tyson Foods · Petit Jean Meats · Coleman Dairy · Bray Sheet Metal

For complete Tour information, call 501.371.0075 or visit our website at

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Eye Doctor Dr. Mike S. McFarland, McFarland Eye Centers With more than two decades in private practice, Dr. McFarland is a well-known ophthalmologist and was one of the first to perform a non-suture cataract surgery. There are three locations — Hot Springs, Little Rock and Pine Bluff — for patients’ convenience. They are “the best in sight” and each offer eye exams and treatment of eye diseases and disorders, and the former two have optical centers as well. (501) 8302020 or Dr. Dan Hennessey, Little Rock Eye Clinic Dr. Brent James, James EyeCare & Optics Gallery

Health Club Little Rock Athletic Club In addition to the traditional fitness club features — a swimming pool, tennis courts, classes in pilates, aerobics, cycling, yoga and more — the Little Rock Athletic Club also offers wellness services like physical therapy, BMI and cholesterol tests and nutrition consultation, making it a full-service facility. (501) 225-3600 or 10 Fitness Little Rock Racquet Club Hospital TIE: Baptist Medical Center/St Vincent Medical Center Arkansas is home to some of the greatest medical facilities in the nation, and our readers have voted “best” two of the finest. These hospitals are well known for top-

rated facilities, great patient care and worldclass physicians. Congratulations to both these hospitals. Baptist: (888) 227-8478 or; St Vincent: (501) 5523000 or University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Arkansas Children’s Hospital Cardiologist Dr. Andrew Kumpuris, Heart Clinic of Arkansas This physician has served the central Arkansas area for a number of years. Dr. Kumpuris’ articles have been published in more than 25 leading medical journals, and he has a long list of accomplishments and a great history of service to the community. He specializes in general, invasive and CT cardiology. (501) 225-6000 or Dr. Bruce Murphy, Arkansas Heart Hospital & Little Rock Cardiology Clinic Dr. David Mego, Little Rock Cardiology Clinic & Arkansas Heart Hospital Dentist Dr. Roy Jolley Dr. Jolley specializes in general and cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics and TMJ treatment. He is one of only a few dentists in Arkansas with a fellowship from the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain in TMJ therapy. He takes a holistic approach to dentistry, even treating sleep apnea. (501) 664-5615 or Dr. Bryan A. Austin Dr. Samuel M. Strong Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Suzanne Yee, Dr. Suzanne Yee Cosmetic and Laser Surgery Center Dr. Yee offers an array of services for skin, for the face, breasts and body, including face lifts and Contour Threads; breast lifts, augmentations and reductions; and liposuction and VASER Hi Def. Many of her services are offered in her state-ofthe-art surgery center. (866) 529-6061 or Dr. Jim English, English Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Center Dr. Michael Devlin, Cosmetic Surgery Center . 59

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